Lapiz Digital Services provides expert content services and complete and customized end-to-end solutions for various publishing segments through highly skilled professionals and innovative technology. We offer a full project management service for trade, academic and non-academic books and journals. We enable all areas of the pre-press production process on books and journals, right from the raw manuscript to the final product for Print and Digital Versions.
Our professional Project Managers are expert in handling end-to-end client requirements without any hitches. They are well versed in their respective domains and services and will keep their client always satisfied and are well trained in effectively managing the critical situation. They are very effective mediators and negotiators who can actively interact between client and with our operation team. Our Project Managers can be reached via email or telephone cutting across cultural and time zone differences.
Composition and Typesetting
XML First: Our XML first workflow ensures the content integrity through the process. In the changing digital content landscape, we understand the advantages of XML production workflow, especially in terms of flexibility, reusability, and automation. The ability to create multiple publication formats for different devices is the need.
InDesign & Latex: We provide end-to-end page composition services for Books and STM journals. Our page composition ranges from simple text pages to those containing complex mathematical equations; single column to multi-column; and single colored to multi-colored presentation. Lapiz Digital Services achieves highest quality using composition software which includes LaTeX, InDesign, and QuarkXpress.
Indexing: We specialize in creating accurate and reliable indexes that meet your specifications and are delivered on time. From documents to multi-volume publications, we provide well-crafted indexing for books on various subjects especially author style, structure, and formatting of cross-references. We also provide page-locating service for authors who provide the index words.
Journal and STM Publishing
Lapiz is perfectly equipped with expertise to handle STM, non-STM, and academic journals. Lapiz has extensive industrial experience in single source publishing workflow that enables multi-channel publishing – which includes POD, Smart PDF, ebooks, Electronic Deliverables, etc. Our end-to-end technology solutions help publishers to maximize the value of their content.
Journal-specific style and language requirements for each journal are maintained in a separate tool called Lapiz Style Management System (LSMS) which is integrated in our innovative product such as XML-driven copy editing tool, auto edit, auto reference structuring, auto pagination, and help improve quality and efficiency. Lapiz Journal Workflow tool will automatically generate the Volume TOC and Volume Index (author and Keyword) from the database.
Lapiz has a specialized full service journal process which covers the following services irrespective of the software: More..
- Project Management
- Level 1 to Level 3 Editing
- Professional Proof Reading
- Typesetting (Word, TeX, PDF input)
- Image Processing
- Electronic Deliverables (ELDs)
- Full text XML/MathML
- With equations as GIFs
- Headers and Reference XML output
- Web PDF/Smart PDF
- Online Early/Publish Ahead of Print (PAP) in every approval stage
- Cover Designing/Modification
Graphic Design and Image Services
At Lapiz Digital, we offer professional graphic design resource to manage all aspects of publishers’ design and production needs.
Lapiz Digital has a team of expert designers who are proficient in converting pencil sketches into clear images. We can create the rough sketches, drawings, and scanned images. We have experienced graphic designers who can render Graphs and Charts/Conceptual Illustrations/Anatomy Drawings and Complex Medical Images/Chemical Structures/Engineering Diagrams.
Image Editing and Enhancement: Lapiz Digital offers a full range of graphics and multimedia services assuring value addition and high level of customer satisfaction. Our creative techniques change normal photographs to an eye-catching graphic. More..
- Image conversions from all types of source formats
- Redrawing/Photo retouching/Image background editing/Image enhancement/Processing Halftone Images with the enhanced quality with color corrections and manipulation and conversion of color to B/W images.
At Lapiz, we are proud to be the industry leader in quality editing and editorial proofreading (EPR) with the highest rating in customer service and satisfaction. We work hard to maintain this status with a friendly customer service team that helps our clients address any technical or service issues that may arise, making their experience as smooth as possible. We have developed a network of highly skilled editors in-house and across the Globe including India, UK, and USA. All our editors have more than 10 years of experience in STM Books and Journals with high-quality Language editing skills. Our editors are well versed working with any style guide, including but not limited to APA, CMS, AMA, and Harvard styles. Lapiz is equipped with highly educated editors from different subjects and fields with master’s degrees and PhDs.
We partner with publishers, journals, and scientific and academic societies to help them publish high-quality research and achieve their scientific communication goals. Our dedicated team of editors, quality assurance specialists, and customer service representatives help clients achieve success in every writing endeavor.
We strive for a five-star customer experience with each order. At Lapiz, we are proud to be the industry leader in quality editing and proofreading with the highest rating in customer service and satisfaction.
Our editorial team is well versed in both British and American English. Lapiz copy editors are well trained in publisher-specific styles as well as several publication formats including monographs, textbooks, professional titles, major reference works, and journals. More..
As we deal with multiple publishing clients, Lapiz editors work by building in-depth knowledge over time about their client’s expectations and needs. We assign editors to clients and projects related to their academic background and interests, and we ensure that they are familiar with the formats in which they will work.
Lapiz copy editors use Lapiz Style Management System (LSMS), our in-house Word-based copyediting tool that automates the manuscript editing process, for both language and style. With the improved efficiency that LSMS brings, the editor can focus more on the art of editing as well as the mechanics, providing a high quality, cost-effective final manuscript.
At Lapiz, we’re proud of our professional capabilities. We follow a systematic strategy to recognize and correct errors. Our proofreaders have excellent English-language skills. Professional proofreading is done by specialists trained in specific composition processes and publication styles used for the project, based on subject matter and format. The proofreader goes through the editorial brief, style sheet, typesetting specs, and any unique instructions for the title thoroughly before reviewing the proofs. It also involves checking of different elements of a layout (such as headings, paragraphs, illustrations, and colors) for their correct dimensions, placement, type, etc. (S)he then confirms that all specifications for the project have been applied and reads the pages thoroughly to ensure integrity of content, cohesiveness, and consistency of style. More..
Our content editing and proofreading services relate to print publishing services. I would like to share the multiple levels of content editing/reading and the areas covered. Additionally, I would like to share the write-up relating to our Editorial services for the publishers.
Documents We Work on
We edit every type of document, including, but not limited to:
- Research Papers
- Journal Articles
- Reference Books
- Fiction/Non-Fiction Books
- Book Chapters
- Case Studies
LEVEL 1 - Simple: Light proofread/copy Editing
Proofreading for typographical errors, spelling, and punctuations
This service is for writing which is already polished, but needs another keen eye to look it over. After all, spell-check only knows that the words “there”, “their” and “they’re” are indeed words — not when they’re each most appropriate.
The below listed points will be reviewed in level 1 process: More..
- Numbered lists
- Table of contents
- Table and figure numbers
Note: The following will not be covered in light proofread/copyediting:
Contents or style problems will not be reviewed. If, we believe a manuscript is weak in certain areas, or we find major inconsistencies or errors, we will mention it but won’t go overboard in the hopes that someone higher on the publishing scale would notice such inconsistencies.
LEVEL 2 - Medium: Copy Editing or Line Editing
Level 1 plus editing for grammar, sentence structure, and word choice. This is for writing that may require more revisions than standard proofreading/copy editing.
The medium editing includes the level 1 process and as well as ensuring correctness and consistency of the following: More..
- Numbers: (For example: Is it 7:00 a.m. or 7 AM or seven o’clock in the morning?)
- Gender neutrality
- Content and style (as follows):
- Audience: The manuscript needs to clearly serve its audience.
- Logic and clarity
- Word usage and choice
- Format: Check for consistency, including titles, headers and sub-headers.
LEVEL 3 - Heavy: Substantive/Content Editing
In-depth copy editing, which would include everything in Levels 1 and 2, as well as such things as consistency of tone, flow of ideas, emphasis, dialogue, and other structural revisions as needed.
Substantive editing looks to make sure that the document is clearly written and well organized. In addition to everything that is required in a light and medium copy edit, we will delve into some heavy-duty editing, and may make more suggestions for rewriting (though we will not provide much rewriting ourselves– more on that below). We often catch some of these inconsistencies in a medium copy edit, but unless asked to perform a substantive edit, we may not focus on these: More..
- Redundancies & Consistency
- Wordiness and/or triteness
- Vague generalizations
- Weak sentence style
- Organizational weakness & Structural organization
- Lack of focus
- Word choice
- Grammar, Usage, Spelling, and Punctuation
Substantive editing involves a lot of labour-intensive work. We will not be involved with much of the actual rewriting, but we will make suggestions. A cardinal rule of this level of editing requires that rewriting must come from the original source.
Text Reduction Services
Is your book too heavy? Do you want to retain the contents while organizing them completely with necessary artwork, image, infographics, and graphs? Our team of experts can read your content and recreate your books and articles.
Lapiz Digital specializes in transforming books, academic content, journals, documents, and manuscripts into easy to access ePublishing formats such as ePub, ePub3, fixed layout eBooks with audio syncing, web ready eBooks, etc., and XML formats including PubMed – including XML tagging and metadata attributes. Lapiz has a team with extensive experience in handling very complex books with equations, tables, chemical formulae, etc., with multiple foreign language capabilities (European and Indic, 80 plus).
Reflowable eBooks: We have professional expertise to convert eBooks from pdf, normal paperback, word document, or any text format into widely used eBooks format like ePub 3.1, ePub 2.0, Kindle, Nook, etc., and also converting into proprietary formats depending on the publishers’ requirements.
Fixed Layout eBooks: We provide high standard fixed layout ePUB conversion services. This highly attractive, instructive, and interactive option is best suited for business guides, academic publications, learning materials, travel guides, restaurant guide, cook books, and children’s books.
Interactive and animated eBooks: We have a vast experience in creating wide variety of digital interactive eBooks for immersive reading experience.
We transform converting print and digital titles into interactive eBooks by including multimedia content like audio and video files, 2D and 3D animations, cross-references, footnotes, annotations, and a lot more that are compatible with all major devices.
Accessibility and 508 Compliance:
Lapiz experts can handle any discipline – legal, medical, scientific, linguistics, etc., and also any format – PDF, HTML, XML, MS-Word. We offer:
- Tagging of text/non-text, table, forms, images, and thus assuring the link to Assistive Technologies
- Preparing alt-tag – short and long descriptions for image and non-text elements.
- Animations & slide shows
- Web page creation
- Creation of interactive activities, stories, games, puzzles
- Conversion of existing websites to HTML5-compliant websites
- Flash to HTML5 conversion
- HTML5 widget creation
- CS6 to HTML5 conversion
Flash to HTML 5: HTML 5 is now the most widely accepted format to share content for its innate cross-platform ability, blended with multimedia support. It supports a variety of enriching and impressive reading experience while enabling the access for a wide range of hand-held devices such as eReaders, tablets, and smart phones.
Digital Product Development [IWB]
We develop high-quality interactive whiteboard lessons (Flipcharts & Notebooks) for all grades. Students will be engaged with interactive content and it is one of the best ways for the teachers to keep the students engaged in classrooms.
Interactive Whiteboard Solutions (Flipcharts & Notebooks):
- Storyboard development
- Template creation
- Prototype development
- Lesson and activity page creation from simple to the most complex enhanced pages
- Math tool development
- Illustration services—graphs, charts, diagrams, and creative art
- Legacy conversion—active studio files to flip charts and notebooks
XML and DTD Design
Doc Book Conversion: Expertise in DocBook XML elements such as book, chapter, and article. Content like paragraphs, lists, tables, inline codes, and tiles are added. Create reusable documentation to distribute in formats such as PDF, HTML, etc.
PubMed Conversion: PubMed compliant XML format conversion of books, documents, and journals from PDF, MS Word, Text Files, or any other electronic formats to XML.